A. Pintura: Art Detective

Grandpa's List
Van Gogh

Chapter Five: Raphael

"This is no Raphael, Miss. Like many artists of the 1500's, Raphael was fascinated by formal composition. He used perspective to create a 3-D space in a flat painting. That may sound like old hat to us, but perspective was the hot new thing in those days.

Raphael's use of perspective
See how the whole painting is arranged around a vanishing point on the horizon? Everything follows the perspective lines to that point. And objects get smaller and higher in the painting, so they look like they're farther away.

"In your painting, there is an illusion of depth, but it doesn't jump out at you like it does in Raphael's work. So let's look at some other names on your grandpa's list."

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